With the partial federal government shutdown continuing into its second week, officials from local communities have been working to help maintain Zion National Park opened for at least another week.
Zion has been able to remain partially operational thanks to funds granted by the State of Utah as well as the nonprofit Zion Forever Project. While these funds have been used to maintain the park running into the new year, money will run out on Saturday, January 5th.
With the anticipation that the government shutdown will continue beyond this weekend, St. George Utah Mayor Jon Pike announced that the city has plans in place to help keep the park partially operational until Jan 12. The cost to run this plan are to be split four ways amongst Washington County (the county in which the majority of Zion National is located), the Utah Office of Tourism and the Zion Forever Project.
More information on what will come from this funding can be found in the original article published by St. George News.